Things to do in London this Friday

It's time to clock off, wind down and get your weekend on. Here's our pick of the best places to sate that Friday feeling

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Fantastic ideas for things to do on a Friday, just in case you've left it to the last minute, plus the best entertainment, nightlife and events happening in London this Friday. The weekend starts here...

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  • Al Lubel in... I'm Still Al Lubel

    Understated American comic Al Lubel – the joint-winner of last year's Amused Moose gong – performs his new solo show. Lubel's a US comedy veteran and a master joke writer. By the end, you will never be able to forget his name.

    Leicester Square Theatre, until Sep 20

    See more on Al Lubel in... I'm Still Al Lubel at Leicester Square Theatre

  • James III: The True Mirror

    The National Theatre teams up with the National Theatre of Scotland and the Edinburgh International Festival for the first time on 'The James Plays' an intriguing series of three history plays about the Stewart kings who ruled Scotland in the fifteenth century. Written by Scottish playwright Rona Munro and playing in rep with an ensemble cast, the pieces stand alone, or should work as an overarching narrative about the tumultuous period in history.

    National Theatre, Olivier, until Oct 29

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  • ZSL Animal Photography Exhibition

    The Zoological Society of London's Animal Photography Prize will be filling the zoo with spectacular images for a third time in 2014, with photographers of all experience levels competing for a chunk of the £10,000 prize fund. The entries will be judged by Kate Humble and Bill Oddie, who we're assuming were chosen for their animal enthusiasm rather than their art training.

    London Zoo, until Dec 31

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  • Maggie's Culture Crawl

    This night-time walk with a difference offers participants pit stops at such iconic buildings as Fulham Palace, the Foreign Office and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. At Chelsea Physic Garden, walkers can sup a well-earned hot chocolate from Rococo, while other entertainment includes a bunting workshop with former 'Blue Peter' presenter Janet Ellis, and a performance by the Royal Ballet. The 15-mile route features different forms of live art and culture to offer participants an entertaining chance to raise money for Maggie’s.

    Various locations around London, Sep 19

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  • Jon Hopkins

    With his latest album 'Immunity' shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, electronica producer Jon Hopkins has come a long way since his days playing keyboards for Imogen Heap. He's now collaborated with Brian Eno and King Creosote, both self-professed fans of Hopkins's lush, melodic electronics tones that sway from gentle dancefloor excursions to blissed-out headphone fodder. Tonight he performs his acclaimed live audiovisual set.

    Royal Festival Hall, Sep 19

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Al Lubel in... I'm Still Al Lubel

Understated American comic Al Lubel – the joint-winner of last year's Amused Moose gong – performs his new solo show. Lubel's a US comedy veteran and a master joke writer. By the end, you will never be able to forget his name.

Leicester Square Theatre, until Sep 20

See more on Al Lubel in... I'm Still Al Lubel at Leicester Square Theatre






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